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Gardea First Candidate to Qualify for CD1 Race

The candidate's 500 signatures were qualified on Thursday.

Council District 1 Candidate Jose Gardea on Thursday become the first to qualify for the March 5 ballot.

The City Clerk's Election Division on Thursday verified 500 of the 912 signatures collected from registered voters in CD 1 supporting Gardea's campaign. Gardea submitted the signatures Wednesday, Nov. 14.

City Council Candidates must submit signatures by Wednesday, Dec. 5.

"I am appreciative of the outpouring of support from people throughout the First District," said Gardea, in a statement released to the press. "I had leaders from every community in the district come out to help me gather signatures. It's an important step, but there's still a lot more work to do."

Gardea, current Councilman Ed Reyes' longtime chief of staff, is tentatively set to square off against three other candidates. Assembly District 45 Representative Gil Cedillo, local businessman Jesse Rosas and former Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Member William Morrison are all still gathering signatures.

The four candidates will meet in a forum hosted by the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance at the Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center on Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

The MOG November 19, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Hi nonoise! Pastor Randy is collecting signatures.
The MOG November 19, 2012 at 06:53 AM
I think what this area needs is a candidate who is a real go getter! Someone the people know will be honest, and a hard worker. A caring individual who will inspire trust & confidence. Someone intelligent, strong, with above average leadership abilities, charismatic, and insightful. The more I think about it, the more I think I should run! Sorry, just had me meds...just kiddin ;-}'
nonoise November 20, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Great! I have great respect for Pastor Randy. He is the only pastor in Northeast that shows respect and has a heart. I have spoken to a few pastors in Northeast and he is the only one that has earned my respect. Pastor Randy is a great guy. It has been a long time since I have seen him but when you talk to him it is like no time has passed. Good Luck to him. He actually practices what he preaches. Unlike Father Marco Oritz from Divine Saviour Catholilc church and their members. Maybe they should go to Pastor Randy's church. They could learn a lot. But then maybe not, people that are blind choose not to see the truth. Father Marco is no Pastor Randy. That's for sure. Good Luck Pastor Randy!!
nonoise November 20, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Boring meeting. Gil spent an hour mentioning his endorsements (boring). Jose spent time about what he would do. In 12 years working for Reyes, why didn't he do those things? (boring). Never vote for a city employee looking for their next job. William was interesting and gave good reasons for not voting for Gil and Jose. Jesse is a community activist that knows the issues and what needs to be done. He lives in our district. Vote for someone that has worked hard for the community with no paycheck for doing the community work he does.
ChickenBoyFan November 30, 2012 at 05:17 PM
You know who, is a slick little willy who knows how to get over on people by playing favorite uncle. It requires no skill. I've witnessed his "work in the community". It's not hard to serve it up, clean it up, or pay for lunch. Doesn't make u qualified to make decisions on behalf of all of the other Angelenos who also live here. Can we stop electing reps to council that are just plain insufficient? Once the "favorite uncles/aunties" become elected, and taste the blood of the city fat CC paycheck, we become more and more like statistics, rather than people. They go for easy money, since their skillset is under par. And we've been had in the process. Cluck (PS:@ nonoise, try going over to the bellringer's house at 8 o'clock in the evening, while they are settling down for dinner, or the evening news and blasting some bells outside their door. When they come out irritated, just smile and ask them to turn their dam bells off, or you'll come by every night and day at certain hours to ring- a- ding- ding. Get some other church bell haters to join. After all, tis' the season....... Better check with the cops first. Good cluckin luck with that. What IS hard is what La Casa de Bernarda Alba said.

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